STRATACACHE CEO details the challenges and goals of the company's upcoming US-based microLED display production fab

Global digital signage solution provider STRATACACHE is constructing the first US-based complete display production facility in Eugene, Oregon. The future MicroLED E4 fab is planned to commence production in 2022, and the fab will be a complete microLED production line, from epiwafer (on 300 mm silicon wafers), through transfer process and to final module assembly.

STRATACACHE Eugene E4 MicroLED fab photo

This project is extremely interesting, and we set out to discuss it with STRATACACHE's founder and CEO, Chris Riegel. At STRATACACHE, Chris leads strategic direction, technology development and engineering operations, and the MicroLED fab project seems to be personally spearheaded by him.

Kulicke & Soffa acquires microLED placement technology developer Uniqarta

Singapore-based electronics assembly solutions provider Kulicke & Soffa announced that it has acquired Uniqarta, a US-based developer of MicroLED placement technology.

Uniqarta LEAP microLED placement technology illustration

Uniqarta developed a unique LED die transfer technology that uses ultra-fast lasers to enable contactless LED de-bonding and placement solution. Uniqarta's technology is branded as Laser-Enabled Advanced Placement, or LEAP).

XDC installs the world's first 300mm elastomer stamp based microLED transfer tool

MicroLED display technology developer X Display Company (XDC) announced that it installed the world's first 300 mm elastomer stamp based mass MicroLED transfer equipment late in 2020. This tool was installed in the US and the company hopes to start shipping several similar tools for its customers later in 2021.

X-Display Corp 300 mm microLED transfer equipment photo

XDC spun out of X-celeprint in 2019 and retained the equipment organization from that transaction. XDC has over 15 years of experience with mass transfer micro printing technologies, and is offering a range of tools for microLED transfer, suitable for R&D work and industrial-scale production.

Vuereal announces a partnership with ASMPT to integrate the company's transfer and bonding solutions

Canada-based microLED technology developer VueReal announced a partnership with ASM Pacific Technologies (ASMPT) to integrate VueReal's cartridge microLED mass transfer solution into ASMPT's mass transfer bonding solution for microLED display applications.

Vuereal says that this new partnership will allow its customers to achieve 99.99+% transfer yields on LED's smaller than 10 micrometers.

Rohinni doubles the speed of its mini LED placement process

Micro-LED and mini-LED developer Rohinni said that it developed a new placement technology for mini-LED that doubles the placement speed compared to its previous technology.

Rohinni - Luumii flexible keyboard LEDs photo

Rohinni developed a new bondhead which achieves a 100 Hz placement operation which effectively cuts in half the cost of placing mini LEDs. The technology will be deployed in the first part of 2021.

VerLASE reports it has achieved substantial progress in its micro-LED display transfer technology

US-based parallel microLED assembly technology developer VerLASE Technologies reports today that it has achieved substantial progress in its mass transfer process for micro-LED displays.

VerLASE microLED transfer process scheme

VerLASE now plans to develop the process flow for an assortment of dies sizes from 200 X 200 um (mini-LEDs) down to 10 X 10 um and eventually also 5x5 um. VerLASE plans to demonstrate the transfer of both flip-chip, and vertical thin film LED architectures.

XDC and Lextar entered into development, licensing and services agreements

LED developer Lextar and microLED display developer X Display Company (XDC) announced that the two companies entered into a development, licensing and services agreements. Lextar licensed XDC's IP and Lextar will supply its high-performance microLED chips to XDC's customers.

XDC - LED, printing, display image

Lextar says that this agreement will accelerate the commercialization of next-generation microLED displays, and its customers can now benefit from a one-stop service, from microLED chips to display modules.

PlayNitride launches new displays at SID 2020

PlayNitride introduced several new display technologies at SID DisplayWeek 2020. First up we have the PixeLED Matrix, which is a tiled microLED display module based display, each produced on its own PCB.

Each PixeLED module is made from 16 pixels (4X4), and can reach pitches of 0.3-0.4 mm. PlayNitride says that this technology can compete with mini LED displays, and says that it achieves a superior contrast and can also be fitted on curved surfaces. PixeLED displays can be used for TV displays, for commercial signage displays and also for automotive lighting. The display can currently achieve a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits.